In Wayne Now

As we head into 2018, we can't help but reflect on 2017 and be ever more thankful and proud to live in such a greatplace. Wayne is our home and home to so many different individuals and businesses whose diversity and culture have contributed to the community and helped us continue to grow.

For the Wayne Business Association, this was our busiest year yet! In addition to adding value through programs like the weekly Thursday night extended merchant hours of Wayne Open Late – designed to market/create excitement about Wayne as a destination town for visitors and consumers to shop, dine, stay, indulge, and engage services – we have also hosted a variety of other events that have become mainstays in our little town. All of this could not be done without our ever-expanding member list and our township officials! We'd like to thank everyone who has come to events, volunteered around town, and taken part in planning meetings.

Our busy year kicked off in April with our Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation – one of the most well-attended events of the year!Every year we thank our members, swear in new board members, and give out appreciation and service awards. This year we honored Patty Lee with the Benjamin V.M. Wilson Community Service Award – presented annually to a resident with exemplary volunteer service to the Radnor community. Patty is a lifelong resident of Radnor Township, attended Radnor schools, and is a retiree of the Radnor School District. She embodies what it means to give back to our community! She volunteers for the Garrett Hill Community and the 4th of July Parade, Radnor High School Scholarship Fund, Radnor High School Hall of Fame, and other township activities. During this meeting, we also presented the Lawrence T. Adelberger, Sr. Membership Service Award to WBA board member and Valpak's Nan Mangine for her exemplary volunteer service for the Wayne Business Association and its membership. The previous three winners of the award selected Nan as the recipient and she even received the award from last year's winner Nancy Campbell, Executive Director of Wayne Art Center.

Spring started off with a bang with crowd favorite Wheels of Wayne (held in April by Radnor Township) and was followed by the ever-popular Wayne Music Festival sponsored by WXPN in June! Radnor Township's 4th Annual Wheels of Wayne once again took over North Wayne and West Avenues with its large display of antique, classic, and custom cars and motorcycles, as well as plenty of entertainment, food, prizes,and the annual pulled pork and pizza contests.Wayne was inundated again in June when the Wayne Music Festival rolled into town, drawing one of our biggest crowdsfor the festival yet! Music enthusiasts came from far and wide to enjoy a vast array of musical genres and artists from all over the country, as well as local and regional acts, 75+ local restaurants, vendors, and even a large firework display to cap off the night. A huge shout out to the bands that performed, and especially Ken Kearns, Chris Todd, and Andy Dickerson for spearheading, planning, and organizing the event.

We once again rounded out the year with our largest events: the Radnor Fall Festival in September and Christmas in Wayne in December. Celebrating its 25th year, the annual Radnor Fall Festival included live music performances from Bach to Rock, dance performances from Contempra Dance, rides, moon bounces, ziplines, vendors food, and more.Wayne welcomed in December with the annual tree lighting event – Christmas in Wayne. Carriage rides, ornament making, carolers,reindeers, the tree lighting, and Santa's arrival, as well as Saturday's parade and pictures with Santa on the Wayne Hotel veranda made the weekend a memorable one, as always. To get the town in the holiday spirit, the WBA encouraged all merchants to participate in the annual Windows of Wayne decorating contest. Not only is this a great way to dress up the town, but it allows the merchants to show off their personality and draw holiday crowds in with magnificent window displays. Winners for a variety of categories were named during Christmas in Wayne.

Aside from the popularity of the Fall Festival and Christmas in Wayne themselves, Fall and Winter also incorporated a very special and hugely successful holiday themed Wayne Open Late! Wayne was packed with Trick and/or Treaters for Halloween as retailers went all out – a treat bowl of various in store discounts at Coco Blu, Song for Seeds performed at Bella Donna, costume contest at Main Point Books, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible ran over from Young Sports to hand out candy at Kids 'N Kribs, and over at Louella they were handing out free BonBon earrings. For Christmas time, Wayne Open Late took over a vacantstorefront on Lancaster Avenue and hosted its own event with Santa and Wayne's own Buddy the Elf, as well as popup shops from Stella and Dot, Lularoe, and new 19087 merchandise.

A look at what's to come:
There are always new stores, restaurants, and events popping up. Make sure to stay up-to-date on all things Wayne, support your local businesses, and connect yourself to the community by visiting our website and keep an eye out for our 2018 events on our newly implemented (and user-friendly) WBA calendar. We hope to see you at our next event!

In Wayne Now

Thank you for helping us to make 2017 a banner year for the WBA and Wayne. We are looking forward to a great 2018. See our year in review.